In which she feels one million years old

26 October 2017 It IS all about me

Like many of you, I’ve been listening to The Tragically Hip all week. Radio station CHEZ-FM in Ottawa played nothing but Gord Downie songs for a week, and even rebranded as GORD-FM for the week. When they returned to regular programming, I started gathering up all the Hip music I have collected over the years […]

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Photos of the day: Autumn colours at Hogsback Falls

25 October 2017 Ah, me boys

I think the paths along Hogsback Falls in Ottawa are truly one of the city’s overlooked treasures. I see photographers crawling all over the Arboretum but am surprised that I rarely see family photos being taken at Hogsback – there’s a stunning variety of backdrops and perfect places for posing and playing. It’s been a […]

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Photos of the day: Those curls, though!

14 October 2017 Mothership Photography

I have often joked that I’m going to ban kids aged 18 month to about three years old from family photography sessions on the porch. Toddlers are willful and opinionated and challenging to reason with, they don’t generally laugh my knock-knock jokes, and they rarely want to pose nicely and smile for the camera. That’s […]

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Photos of the day: Autumn porch portraits that felt like summer

8 October 2017 Mothership Photography

When K and her family dropped by the porch for family portraits last year, it was so unseasonably cold that we wrapped the girls in my blankets originally intended for sitting on and then we couldn’t convince them to put the blankets down. When they came back this year, it was strangely summer-like for an […]

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Photo of the day: What’s the story, morning glory?

7 October 2017 Photo of the Day

I was wandering around Centretown looking at fall colours when I was enchanted by this bright blue morning glory, conveniently positioned with those crazy pink flowers in the background. How could I resist? There’s something about morning glories and four o’clocks that make me thing they’re listening. I’d love some in my garden. Are they […]

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New this year: Family Traditions documentary photography sessions

4 October 2017 Mothership Photography

There are so many great family traditions that we enjoy in the autumn and early winter: apple picking and pumpkin carving, forest hikes to enjoy the changing leaves and then raking up the leaves at home. And then as we inch forward to the holiday season, there’s cookie baking and present wrapping and tree decorating. […]

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Tracking fall foliage in Ontario, Quebec and the USA

2 October 2017 Life in Ottawa

Now that it is October, the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of autumn are almost upon us! I think the fall colours are a little late this year, compared to other years. (One of many benefits of having an archive of thousands of photos taken in every season!) Whether you’re looking for a colourful foliage […]

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In which she falls in love with a Swedish author and a Swedish chocolate bar

29 September 2017 Books

I have been on a Fredrick Backman kick this year, reading A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here and Beartown more or less in succession. Have you read any of his books? They’re quirky and warm and poignant and thoughtful – and did I mention quirky? Not to mention occasionally laugh-out-loud funny and frequently […]

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Photo of the day: Sunrise on the Rideau Canal

26 September 2017 Life in Ottawa

Sometimes, when you’re on your way to work and you see an amazing photograph in the making, ya just gotta stop the car and grab it. Like this sunrise over the Rideau Canal. In just a few days, the sun will be rising later, and a little bit more to the south. Today, though, it […]

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Saying goodbye to Papa Lou

19 September 2017 Life, the Universe and Everything

Once upon a time, whenever something of significance happened in my life, I made sense of it by blogging about it. Though I don’t blog as regularly or as intimately as I used to, I still feel the need to share a seismic shift in our lives, but each time I start to write, I […]

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